Detroit Red Wings Acquire Marek Zidlicky

USATSI_8299575_154158418_lowresThe Detroit Red Wings have acquired defenceman Marek Zidlicky from the New Jersey Devils, thus continuing the trend of blueliners making the leap on trade deadline day.

In exchange for Zidlicky, the Devils receive a third round pick for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

The 38-year-old defender is right-handed, which falls right in line with what the Red Wings have been angling for. Zidlicky had to waive his no-trade clause in order to make the move and certainly wanted to come to a contender, so that illustrates that he really, really wants to play in Detroit and believes they’ll be able to take him to a Cup.

Detroit’s power play has just received a boost, too, which makes them all the more dangerous.

Zidlicky isn’t a big player, but again it comes back down to an offensive dimension. He’ll take some of the pressure off of Kronwall and should be able to power an attack. He’s also got a nice one-timer, so watch for an interesting set-up on the man advantage.

In 63 games this season, Zidlicky has four goals and 19 assists. He has 42 penalty minutes and is slated to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. He recently inked a one year deal with the Devils worth $3 million.

Throughout his career, Zidlicky has proven a capability to put up serious numbers. He broke the 50-point mark in 2003-2004 with the Nashville Predators and has posted around 40 points per season since – give or take. In 2013-2014, Zidlicky posted 42 points with the New Jersey Devils.

This deal should also close the book on the Dion Phaneuf trade rumours that had involved the Red Wings. The asking price was simply too high and Zidlicky is more in line with what Detroit figures they can do. So all in all, this is a good move and should set the Red Wings up nicely for the post-season.

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